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Access To Quality Education

Education Is Important For Me and The Whole Society

Hear from Touch It, a REDD+ scholarship student studying Economics of Informational Technology. She hopes to become a professional marketing researcher working with local villagers and farmers in her community after she graduates.

Southern Cardamom REDD+ Project, Cambodia
Impacts of Climate Change

Too hungry to Learn; Addressing Food Insecurity in the Kasigau Corridor

Communities are building resilience to the far-reaching impacts of drought by embracing conservation agriculture and other strategies aimed at strengthening food security.

Kasigau Corridor REDD+ Project, Kenya
Spiritual Connection To The Forest

The Forest Is The Lifeline of the Bunong People

“If we lose the forest, we will also lose our traditional beliefs. The existence of the forest and our beliefs are intertwined; the forest’s presence allows our beliefs to persist.” -Ly Sareoun, Indigenous Bunong Community Member

Keo Seima Wildlife Sanctuary REDD+ Project, Cambodia
A Life With REDD+

The Power of Community Perspective

Hear from community members about the positive impact REDD+ has had on their forests and livelihoods, and what life would have been like without it.

Keo Seima Wildlife Sanctuary REDD+ Project, Cambodia
A Life With REDD+

Community Stories of Change: The Kasigau Corridor REDD+ Project

“I was born and grew up here, and can tell the difference between when the Kasigau project was here and when it wasn’t.” – Florence Malandi, Board of Management Chair, Kasigau.

Kasigau Corridor REDD+ Project, Kenya
Influential Community Members

Meet Sruot Pheany, A Young Woman Leading Her Community To Prosperity

At the age of 34, she is the REDD+ Community Chief of the Sre Lvi village and is a role model for young girls in her community.

Keo Seima Wildlife Sanctuary REDD+ Project, Cambodia

“In the face of unprecedented threats to our planet, the active engagement and leadership of local communities is a critical component of securing a healthy future for wildlife and the environment.”

Jane Okoth

Kasigau Corridor REDD+ Project Kenya

Equality + Empowerment

Embrace Equity

Meet Lucy, A Passionate Activist Advocating For Gender Equity and Inclusion In Her Maasai Community

“I believe if you empower a woman, you empower the whole nation.” -Lucy Simantoi Sayiore, Kuku Group Ranch Community Member, Chyulu Hills.

Chyulu Hills REDD+ Project, Kenya
Embrace Equity

Meet Agnetta, Enhancing Women’s Agency In The Kasigau Corridor

Hear from Agnetta Godfrey about the important work the Hadithi Crafts Support Community Based Organization is doing with women across the Kasigau Corridor.

Kasigau Corridor REDD+ Project, Kenya
Embrace Equity

Meet Ms. Pheang, Leader And Role Model For Women In The Cardamom Mountains

Ms. Pheang has played a remarkable role in mobilizing stakeholders to rebuild areas that were once threatened by deforestation. Through her leadership, she has encouraged women in her community to step forward and earn a better living.

Southern Cardamom REDD+ Project, Cambodia
Embrace Equity

Meet Yorn Sordet, An Indigenous Bunong Leader Empowering Women Through Conservation

“What I want to share with other young women in my community is to stay motivated and believe in yourselves. Whatever men can do, women can do.” -Yorn Sordet.

Keo Seima Wildlife Sanctuary REDD+ Project, Cambodia

Wildlife + Biodiversity

Human Wildlife Coexistence

The Simba Scouts: From Lion Hunters to Lion Guardians

In Maasai culture, it is a rite of passage for a Moran (Warrior) to kill a lion. This has changed when conservation came. Now you don’t have to kill a lion to be called a Moran, you can earn that title by protecting them.

Chyulu Hills REDD+ Project, Kenya
Human Wildlife Coexistence

We Have To Protect And Preserve Both Wildlife And The Forest

KSWS is home to more than 950 wild species, including 75 globally threatened species and plays a vital role in the preservation of the region’s important and vulnerable wildlife, including the world’s largest populations of endemic primates.

Keo Seima Wildlife Sanctuary REDD+ Project, Cambodia
Human Wildlife Coexistence

Celebrating The People Who Make Conservation Possible

As we celebrate World Wildlife Day on 3rd March 2023, we would like to highlight the incredible work done by our rangers at the Kasigau Corridor REDD+ project and share what has inspired them to live a life dedicated to protecting wildlife.

Kasigau Corridor REDD+ Project, Kenya

Why Amplifying Community Voices Is Important

Kasigau women by the creek
Meet The Community Voice Creators

The Community Perspective, Storytelling From The Heart

When looking for solutions to achieve the world’s collective climate goals, we must include local voices.

Kasigau Corridor REDD+ Project, Kenya
Meet The Community Voice Creators

Making a Difference in my Community is my Drive

I strongly believe that among the different measures taken in the fight against climate change in the world, REDD+ projects can be one of the most successful initiatives with enough participation.

Chyulu Hills REDD+ Project, Kenya
Keosima fishing in the river
Meet The Community Voice Creators

Raising the Voices of Local and Indigenous People

My role is to help amplify the voices of local and Indigenous people. For the world to hear their truth.

Keo Seima Wildlife Sanctuary REDD+ Project, Cambodia
Southern Cardamom harvesting crops
Meet The Community Voice Creators

Local And Indigenous People Know Better Than Anyone The Value Of Protecting Forests

Their stories need to be shared so that people around the world can understand the drastic impacts climate change is having on local communities, right now.

Southern Cardamom REDD+ Project, Cambodia

Latest Stories

A Life With REDD+

Community Stories of Change: The Kasigau Corridor REDD+ Project

“I was born and grew up here, and can tell the difference between when the Kasigau project was here and when it wasn’t.” – Florence Malandi, Board of Management Chair, Kasigau.

Kasigau Corridor REDD+ Project, Kenya
A Life With REDD+

The Power of Community Perspective

Hear from community members about the positive impact REDD+ has had on their forests and livelihoods, and what life would have been like without it.

Keo Seima Wildlife Sanctuary REDD+ Project, Cambodia
Impacts of Climate Change

Too hungry to Learn; Addressing Food Insecurity in the Kasigau Corridor

Communities are building resilience to the far-reaching impacts of drought by embracing conservation agriculture and other strategies aimed at strengthening food security.

Kasigau Corridor REDD+ Project, Kenya
Access to Water

Easing the Water Crisis in The Kasigau Corridor in Kenya

The sight of crop failure, soil erosion, animal carcasses, and dry dams paints a grim picture of the unprecedented drought that continues in the Kasigau Corridor REDD+ project area in Kenya.

Kasigau Corridor REDD+ Project, Kenya
Spiritual Connection To The Forest

The Forest Is The Lifeline of the Bunong People

“If we lose the forest, we will also lose our traditional beliefs. The existence of the forest and our beliefs are intertwined; the forest’s presence allows our beliefs to persist.” -Ly Sareoun, Indigenous Bunong Community Member

Keo Seima Wildlife Sanctuary REDD+ Project, Cambodia
Influential Community Members

Meet Sruot Pheany, A Young Woman Leading Her Community To Prosperity

At the age of 34, she is the REDD+ Community Chief of the Sre Lvi village and is a role model for young girls in her community.

Keo Seima Wildlife Sanctuary REDD+ Project, Cambodia
Influential Community Members

Meet Phyee Ruonh, An Indigenous Bunong Leader From The Pu Ngaol Village

Phyee Ruonh works tirelessly to improve his community’s livelihood, to protect the spiritual forest and his ancestral land.

Keo Seima Wildlife Sanctuary REDD+ Project, Cambodia
Influential Community Members

Meet The Community Members Influencing Change in the Kasigau Corridor in Kenya

Learn about some of the most significant individuals in the Kasigau Corridor REDD+ project who have taken up key leadership positions in their respective communities, championing for its well being.

Kasigau Corridor REDD+ Project, Kenya
Influential Community Members

Meet David, A Passionate Conservationist and Youth Leader From The Chyulu Hills 

David’s hope for the future is that everybody strives to understand how nature works and that people develop a sense of care.

Chyulu Hills REDD+ Project, Kenya
Influential Community Members

Meet Anastacia, An Activist Fighting For Women’s Rights In Her Community

What inspires Anastacia to do the kind of job she does is her passion for gender equality. She hopes that harmful practices such as FGM will be a thing of the past.

Chyulu Hills REDD+ Project, Kenya
Access To Quality Education

Interview With A Chyulu Hills Teacher About The Importance of Access to Quality Education In Her Community

Our communities are realizing the importance of education through the transformative change that is happening where children complete their education and have careers that give back to society.

Chyulu Hills REDD+ Project, Kenya
Access To Quality Education

Forest Protection Invests Into Access to Education

Parents living in the Keo Seima Wildlife Sanctuary REDD+ Project zone help send their children to school through their involvement in forest protection

Keo Seima Wildlife Sanctuary REDD+ Project, Cambodia
Access To Quality Education

REDD+ investments Inspire Youth to Dream Big

Mary, Wisdom and Emmanuel from the Wildlife Works Kasigau Corridor REDD+ Project in Kenya share the challenges their communities face in accessing quality education and their hopes and ambitions for the future.

Kasigau Corridor REDD+ Project, Kenya
Access To Quality Education

Education Is Important For Me and The Whole Society

Hear from Touch It, a REDD+ scholarship student studying Economics of Informational Technology. She hopes to become a professional marketing researcher working with local villagers and farmers in her community after she graduates.

Southern Cardamom REDD+ Project, Cambodia
Access To Quality Education

With The Knowledge I’ve Gained I Will Help Enhance My Family’s Livelihood

Hear from Thorn Khak, a REDD+ scholarship student who is studying agricultural science and hopes to become a specialist in his field working in his local community.

Southern Cardamom REDD+ Project, Cambodia
Access To Quality Education

With An Education I Can Achieve My Goals

Hear from Pich Savary, a REDD+ scholarship student studying tourism who hopes to share her knowledge and promote ecotourism on a larger scale when she graduates.

Southern Cardamom REDD+ Project, Cambodia
Access To Quality Education

Access to Education Has Helped My Self Development and Broadened My Knowledge of Society

Hear from Tith Sour, an Indigenous REDD+ scholarship student studying Agricultural Information Technology who hopes to become a web developer with professional skills to help develop his community and protect forests and natural resources.

Southern Cardamom REDD+ Project, Cambodia
Reflections on COP 27

Maasai Reflections on COP 27

More than ever, I think it is essential to include local and Indigenous voices in these conferences. We are the ones who have been sustaining the Earth up to now.

Chyulu Hills REDD+ Project, Kenya
Kasigau Corridor harvest
Reflections on COP 27

A Kenyan Farmer’s Reflections on COP 27

Evans Mwadembe, a small-scale farmer in rural Southeastern Kenya, agrees that it is high time rich nations compensate countries that suffer the most from climate change.

Kasigau Corridor REDD+ Project, Kenya
Southern Cardamom
A Message to World Leaders

Protect the Cambodian Forest and Wildlife for Future Generations

En, Hang, and Prum from the Southern Cardamom REDD+ Project in Cambodia share the challenges their communities are facing due to climate change and are calling on World Leaders to invest into conservation in Cambodia.

Southern Cardamom REDD+ Project, Cambodia
Keo Siema
A Message to World Leaders

The Next Generation Will See Our Legacy

Peon, Korn, and Srev from the Keo Seima Wildlife Sanctuary REDD+ Project in Cambodia share how the impacts of climate change are affecting their ability to cultivate food and are calling on World Leaders to help protect their natural resources.

Keo Seima Wildlife Sanctuary REDD+ Project, Cambodia
Message to World Leaders Kasigau
A Message to World Leaders

Take Responsibility and Preserve the Forests of Kenya

Martha, Benson, Mariam and Bonafice from the Wildlife Works Kasigau Corridor REDD+ Project in Kenya share how the ongoing drought has impacted their communities and are calling on World Leaders to preserve their forests.

Kasigau Corridor REDD+ Project, Kenya
Southern Cardamom woman with child
A Message to World Leaders

Together We Can Protect The Future

The Community Chief along with his villagers joined hands and echoed together that they have taken an oath to protect their forest and wildlife. Likewise, they request everyone to do the same. “Together we can protect the future.”

Southern Cardamom REDD+ Project, Cambodia
Keo Seima hunters
A Message to World Leaders

Calling on World Leaders to Help Protect Our Precious Ecosystems

The Indigenous Bungong People are vested stakeholders in protecting their traditional land and are calling on World Leaders to do their part to preserve forests and wildlife for the next generation.

Keo Seima Wildlife Sanctuary REDD+ Project, Cambodia
Chyulu Woman
A Message to World Leaders

World Leaders, We Need Real Action and Quick Intervention

Communities who contribute the least to emissions are suffering the most due to lack of capacity to adapt to climate change.

Chyulu Hills REDD+ Project, Kenya
A Message to World Leaders

Embrace Local Solutions to Fight Climate Change

The world needs forest communities’ leadership, knowledge and equal participation to meet our global climate goals.

Kasigau Corridor REDD+ Project, Kenya

Community Voice Creators

Agnes Nailantei

Chyulu Hills REDD+ Project Kenya

Chanrachna Teck

Keo Seima Wildlife Sanctuary REDD+ Project Cambodia

Jane Okoth

Kasigau Corridor REDD+ Project Kenya

Scarlett Green

Southern Cardamom REDD+ Project Cambodia